Gov. Scott responds to crticism over investment in energy company

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Environmentalists are targeting Gov. Rick Scott for his investment in a French energy company that is involved in oil drilling near the Everglades.

Scott invested his millions in a blind trust three years ago. Scott's campaign spokesman said the investment was not made by Scott but by an external brokerage that manages the governor's portfolio.

The Tampa Bay Times ( ) reports that in 2011, the original blind trust showed a $135,000 investment in Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil services company. The blind trust prevents the public from knowing whether Scott still has a share in the company.

Scott and his Cabinet oversee the Department of Environmental Protection, which regulates oil drilling in Florida and potentially businesses like Schlumberger.

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying that the state has strict rules that protect the environment.

Scott said: "All oil and gas companies - regardless of who they are - must operate within the law and abide by Florida's environmental regulations."


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

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